Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons)

Course overview

  • Course level
    Undergraduate
  • Course type
    Full-time
  • Duration
    3 years full-time / 4 years full-time with integrated placement year
  • Course options
    Optional placement year
  • UCAS code(s)
    H600
  • School

Entry requirements

  • A levels
    BBB - BBC including Maths or a Physical Science or Technology subject (e.g. Physics, Electronics, Computer Science)
  • BTEC
    Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma (Science/Technical/Engineering types): DDM. For more details please see below.
  • International Baccalaureate
    29 points overall and above, with 5, 5, 4, in Higher Level subjects, including Higher Level Maths or Physics.
  • GCSE
    Maths and English Grade C/4 and above
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Key Dates

  • Start date
    September
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Aston Engineering & Technology graduates go on to earn £1,900 more than the sector average, one year after graduation (LEO, 2018)

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Association with the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies

Electronic and Electrical Engineering is ranked in the Top 30 in the UK (2019 Guardian League Table)

Course summary

This course will provide you with the analytical skills, design expertise and flexibility required to adapt to and master rapidly evolving technologies.

Entry requirements & fees

3 years full-time / 4 years full-time with integrated placement year

 

UCAS Code: H600

 

Please note:

 

GCSE requirement: Maths and English Grade C/4 and above

 

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation.

 

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades of CCC if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated below.

 

Information on Admissions Policy

 

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

 

 

 

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an Applicant Visit Day.

 

Tuition fees
£9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2019/20)                             
£19,000 for Outside EU students (2019/20)
Placement Year: £2,500 for International Students

 

More on fees

 

Contact
EAS Undergraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0)121 204 3400
engineering@aston.ac.uk

 

Typical offer level:

 

A level: BBB-BBC to include Mathematics or a physical science or technology 

 

BTEC 

 

  • Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma (Science/Technical/Engineering types): DDM including specific units at Distinction (see below)
  • National Diploma and Diploma (Science/Technical/Engineering types): DD including specific units at Distinction (see below) plus 1 A-Level at minimum Grade B
  • Foundation or 90 credits Diploma (Science/Technical/Engineering types): DD including specific units at Distinction (see below) plus 2 A-levels at minimum grade B
  • National Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma (Science/Technical/Engineering types): D including specific units at Distinction (see below) plus 2 A-levels at minimum grade B
  • Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted

 

Specifics units at Distinction:  
Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
Mechanical/Electrical Principles
Further Mechanical/Electrical Principles.

 

International Baccalaureate: 29 overall points with 5, 5, 4 in Higher Level subjects, including Higher Level Maths or Physics.

 

Access to Higher Education: Subject related Access with at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits at level 3 including only Distinctions in Mathematics or Physics

 

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Course outline

The BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme will provide you with the analytical skills, design expertise and flexibility required to adapt to and master rapidly evolving technologies. You will begin by covering the fundamental principles of the field, such as digital and analogue electronics, computing, mathematics and project management. Extensive laboratory-based practical work is fully integrated with the lecture material throughout the course to help reinforce theory with experience. 

You will be able to specialise in your areas of interest by selecting from a range of options including digital system design, telecommunications systems, optoelectronics and signal processing before embarking in the final year on an extensive design project of your own choosing.

We have taken a very close look at the progression paths taken by our students and have recognised that the majority prefer to take a BEng degree and then gain employment experience. Many then anticipate returning to the University to study at MSc level, usually with company backing, after a year or two of gaining experience. As a result, we have redesigned the BEng programmes to meet the demands of industry and to provide a vertically integrated programme of study leading from BEng to MSc.

Subject guide and modules

We will provide you with a broad-based education to give you competence in a wide range of electronic and electrical engineering disciplines. You will be able to specialise in areas of particular interest or relevance to your future career by selecting from our range of options. These include options like digital system design, telecommunications systems, optoelectronics and signal processing. You will then embark on a final year six-month design project of your own choosing.

Year 1

  • Electronic Engineering Fundamentals
  • Mathematics for Physics and Engineering
  • Computational Problem Solving
  • Engineering Projects
  • Electrical Principles
  • Physical Principles

Year 2

  • Analogue Electronics
  • Communication Systems
  • Data Acquisition and Control 
  • Electronics Group Design Project 
  • Electronic Systems Analysis 
  • Electrical Systems Engineering 
  • Intermediate Digital Design 
  • Electrical Networks, Machines and Drives 

Year 3 - Optional placement year

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

  • EAS Study Placement Year 
  • EAS Industrial Placement Year 
  • EAS Study/Work Placement Year 

Final Year

Core modules:

  • Digital Systems Design
  • Individual Final Year Project 
  • Signal Processing 

Optional modules:

  • Automation, Measurement and Data 
  • Digital Systems Architecture 
  • Digital Transmission 
  • Internet of Things
  • Introduction to Power Electronics 
  • Optical Communications Systems 
  • Optoelectronics 
  • Radio Systems and Personal Communications Networks 
  • Innovation Management 
  • Energy Efficiency 
Learning, teaching & assessment

You will benefit from a range of teaching methods and learning styles, including formal lectures, laboratory and design classes, seminars, small groups tutorials with a personal tutor, computer-aided learning and virtual learning environments. You can expect an exciting learning experience with practical work and taught material integrated throughout the degree course.

During the course you will find a sequence of formative assessments to re-enforce and enhance the taught material. The overall assessment is a collation of marks from examination, classroom and laboratory exercises, internet-based practical assessments and oral presentations.

Professional accreditation

IET logo

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.Our courses have been developed in collaboration with electronics professionals in a wide range of sectors to give a broad but industrially relevant degree.

Placement year

You can choose between a 3 year full-time or 4 year sandwich course which incorporates an integrated year of paid industrial or commercial placement. You can delay this choice until the start of your second year. We will help you find a suitable placement and visit you regularly to ensure it is a success.

The placement is a perfect opportunity to gain invaluable professional experience. It will help you make a more informed judgement about your future career and will form an invaluable part of your CV when you seek graduate employment.

Our current and recent placement employers include companies in the UK and abroad such as: BNFL, ConocoPhillips, GSK, Kraft, Alfa Laval, Thames Water, AMEC and 3M.

Find out more about placement years at Aston

Career prospects

Well-trained graduates with skills in electronics design, software, telecommunications and engineering are in high demand. Some of our recent graduates are currently commanding high salaries working in government, the public sector and private industry, for employers such as: Olympus, Corus, HSBC, Oxford University, Hewlett Packard, Cogent Defence, BAE Systems, Npower, Siemens, Orange, Vodafone, QinetiQ, National Grid, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Cars and Microsoft.

Other graduates have chosen to study for PhD degrees at Aston or at other universities across the UK and beyond or have started their own businesses.

Areas where previous graduates have entered include:

  • Research and development
  • Design and manufacturing
  • Management and marketing
  • Consultancy
  • Education
  • Innovation
What's it like to study at Aston?

The most important thing for me about my time at Aston is that it gave me the chance to grow as a person, as well as academically. I have gained confidence, tried new things, and discovered something I’m passionate about. The lecturers all have their own specialties and are willing to give you the support you need.

Haveela Geddam

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